I’ll just come out and say it: deM atlaS is a f*cking genius! Just look at this video. Nevermind the fact that it looks like a metric tonne of money was spent making it. It is the very essence of conceptual. The very base of what creativity and originality can springboard from.
Within the confines of the video, deM atlaS seamlessly crosses genres, melds and molds styles at will as if a modern-day Mozart creating a future masterpiece as much as the video changes locations. Like I said, money spent. However, those who write reviews knows that money cannot hide lack of talent. deM atlaS has nothing to hide. This is talent incarnate. Why he is not playing stadiums around the world right now only tells me that there are still a number of ‘Beliebers’ out there. Please let this be the future of #indie!
Produced entirely by Ant, the beat-making half of Atmosphere, the project will be available worldwide October 19, 2018, via Rhymesayers Entertainment.
About deM atlaS
deM atlaS’ new album Bad Actress is only the latest in a string of releases–including the 9-song EP DWNR that, according to Pitchfork, “splits the difference on ‘depressed’ and ‘party mode.’” In some ways the new work feels like a debut, not just because it’s his first proper LP, but because it represents the culmination of a twisting creative path that Turner’s patiently been following since his teens. He was a poet, a painter, and the frontman for a rock band before he found his space in Minneapolis’s prolific rap scene. Once there, a philosophy of saying yes to any opportunity that passed his way quickly led him from playing shows for nugs of weed to a showcase in front of Rhymesayers CEO Siddiq, and a single recording session with Atmosphere beatmaker Ant that kept going until they’d made almost an entire album together.
The title Bad Actress comes from Turner’s inability to hide his true feelings, and he’s packed the album with unguarded emotions centered around a lifetime of unhealthy relationships, struggles with mental illness, and an indomitable drive to overcome them. Musically it draws from every stage of Turner’s young career, from the high school rock singer to the scruffy DIY-er who self-recorded his Charle Brwn EP while figuring out the basics of Garageband to the confident, versatile vocalist he is today, equally at home crooning and screaming as he is rapping over beats by heavy hitters like Ant and MF DOOM.
Justice for Malcolm X.
From the grime-caked beats to the confessional lyrics to the supercharged guitars laced throughout, Bad Actress is an album that’s deeply rooted in Minneapolis’s singular hip-hop scene, where boom-bap never went out of style and raw honesty still beats flashy materialism. Turner’s soulful singing voice, and his ability to navigate from the acidic Sly Stone funk of “Gratitude” to the acoustic balladry of “Music Man” to the purple-tinged minimalist gospel of “Runnin Back” make it clear that he’s one of the young talents who’s going to author the next chapter in the city’s storied musical history. After all, an atlas isn’t only a collection of maps, but a man who’s strong enough to carry the weight of the whole world on his shoulders.
SOURCE: Official Bio